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Beautiful Victorian homes provide a contrast to the dive bars and tattooed residents in this cool, electic neighborhood.
Studio / 1 BR
48% Complete
3,597
2 Bedrooms
60% Complete
4,525
3 Bedrooms
74% Complete
5,600
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
7,570

Good For
  • Couples without kids
  • Creatives
  • Professionals
  • Singles

 

What's around
  • 10 Grocery stores/markets
  • 19 Nightlife options
  • 43 Fitness options
  • 51 Shops
  • 2 Banks
  • 0 Schools
  • 50 Restaurants

 


PUBLIC TRANSITGood

WALKABILITYExcellent
Safety

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  WHAT’S LIVING IN Lower Haight LIKE?

Lower Haight sits down the hill and to the east from Haight-Ashbury (also known as Upper Haight) and the dividing line between the two neighborhoods is roughly at Divisadero Street. Although both neighborhoods are organized around Haight Street as the main drag, the cultural divide is clear: Upper Haight is known (at least locally) for the commercialization of its hippie past and present, tourists, and transients, while Lower Haight is its grittier, punkier, and arguably cooler little sibling.

A mainly residential and inclined midsection divides them, and as you walk down the hill from Upper Haight, you leave the tye dyed window displays behind in favor of dive bars and tattooed residents. You’ll also notice less retail businesses and smaller, more intimate restaurants. Huge Victorians and Victorian-style apartment buildings dominate here, though generally less well maintained than in Upper Haight. It’s also a significantly smaller arrea than Upper Haight.

“The Wiggle” bike path cuts right through Lower Haight, making it very popular among cyclists. For those unwilling or unable to brave cycling in San Francisco, it’s still a very accessible neighborhood, with plenty of buses and light rail available. It’s also walkable to the many surrounding neighborhoods.

The weather is good for San Francisco, with plenty of sun, making walking and biking enjoyable. At its western edge lies Buena Vista Park. Established in 1867, it is the oldest official park in San Francisco. It’s a vigorous climb to the top, but you’ll be rewarded with a small serene park and amazing views to admire while you catch your breath.

As in the Upper Haight, an assortment of communal living houses hide in plain sight in Lower Haight. Embassy, the sister of the Red Victorian in Upper Haight, hosts weekly salons and monthly live orchestral music nights (learn more about these on the Red Victorian’s website). And The Center SF offers a mix of free and paid workshops and lectures, as well as a tea house and full-size yoga studio.

Lower Haight has been described as hip, eclectic, nonchalant, a choice destination for day or night casual entertainment, a little seedy, and as having a "grungy, post-punk bohemian" atmosphere. It’s a great place for younger professionals and couples. Families with children and older residents may want to look towards the western edge of the neighborhood for a calmer atmosphere.

Lower Haight is bordered on the north by Lower Pacific Heights, on the east by Hayes Valley, on the south by Duboce Triangle, and on the west by Haight-Ashbury.

Lower Haight San Francisco Neighborhood Image

 

Local Flavor   Lower Haight LOCAL schools

9-12 GRADES
Wells (Ida B.) High School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.28 mi
PK-5 GRADES
AltSchool Alamo Square
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.28 mi
K-5 GRADES
Muir (John) Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.30 mi
K-5 GRADES
McKinley Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.34 mi
1, 3-7 GRADES
Burt Children's Center
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.37 mi

 

Local Flavor   Lower Haight Local Flavor

Memphis Minnies
Memphis Minnies 576 HAIGHT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117 MAP
http://www.memphisminnies.com

A barbecue joint that serves both Southern comfort food and flights of sake, in true oddball San Francisco style.

Toronado
Toronado 547 HAIGHT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117 MAP
http://www.toronado.com

A popular bar with a huge selection of beers on tap. Watch out for the infamously brusque staff, and don’t take it too personally -- it’s all part of the punkish atmosphere here.

The Center SF
The Center SF 548 FILLMORE ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117 MAP
http://www.thecentersf.com

An arts collective with frequent workshops and lectures, entertainment, a tea house, and yoga studio.

The Wiggle
The Wiggle 518 WALLER ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117 MAP
https://localwiki.org/sf/The_Wiggle

A mile long zig-zagging bicycle route that runs from Market Street to Golden Gate Park that minimizes hilly inclines. It cuts right through Lower Haight and may be the reason it’s such a haven for cyclists.

Costumes on Haight
Costumes on Haight 735 HAIGHT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117 MAP
http://www.costumesonhaight.com

Year-round costume shop with a funky, vintage vibe- perfect for a city with so many opportunities to dress up.

Rooky Ricardo’s Records
Rooky Ricardo’s Records 448 HAIGHT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117 MAP
http://www.rookyricardosrecords.com

A beloved and long-running vinyl record shop with an expansive soul and jazz selection, listening stations, and a monthly record swap day.

   

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